Welcome To Neilson's Mountain Hollow

Hello, I'm J. Neilson and I work from my homestead-style farm in the endless mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Here, I have been able to develop my longtime interests in knife making and forging into more than just a hobby. The quiet setting and scarcity of neighbors is the perfect background to allow me to develop my skills. I put a great deal of effort into my wares and take considerable pride in the finished products.

All aspects of the knife making are done by me, using both forging and stock removal methods, including on site heat treating and both laminate and canister damascus making. I offer fixed blade knives, mostly bowies, daggers, hunter/skinner styles, everyday carry and historic replicas as well as the occasional tomahawk and sword.

As a firm believer that a knife and sheath should come as a set and complement each other, each fixed blade knife comes with a custom fitted sheath. The leather work is done by some of the best traditional and primitive style leather crafters in the USA, using a variety of leathers, both domestic and exotic. Each sheath is designed for each individual knife using custom carving, tooling, inlays, etc. Being able to hand over a completed knife to a custom craftsman and have them match the sheath to that piece makes for a much more complete set. As opposed to just a knife with a plain "piece-of-skin" sheath. 

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I have also started adding my own versatile Kydex sheaths for some of my "basic utility" and "bug-out" models as well as neck knives.

I spend much of my time working on custom orders, however, I am continuously changing my line of "in stock" items as well. If you look at the "knives" page of this web site you will see I like to make a wide variety of edged tools. If you are looking for something special, I invite you to inquire about it, be it a variation of one of my existing designs or something completely new.

Please check my Information page to learn more & enjoy your visit

Some pictures from teaching Damascus & Knife-making at Jim Clow's Tilly, Alberta Hammer-In
in Canada this past June